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The Linc - Predicting the Top Free Agent Contracts

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 2/19/2014.

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Eagles seven round mock draft - JimmyK,
1st round: Lamarcus Joyner, S/CB, Florida State (5'8, 190)
Big people beat up little people, or so I've heard. At 5'8, 190, Florida State's Lamarcus Joyner certainly qualifies as "little people," at least on paper. However, he does not qualify as "little people" in regard to his actual play.

Dee Ford - Tommy Lawlor, Iggles Blitz
One of the things I like most about Ford is that he can play under control. Some speed rushers fly off the ball at 100 mph on every play. Ford does that on some plays, but there are others when he’ll adjust his path to the QB or he’ll read a run play and go for the RB. Trent Cole does a good job of this and it helps him be a good run defender. Ford has a really good shoulder dip that makes his speed rush effective. He’s able to get under the pads of the blocker. Ford also flattens out well when he turns the corner. That makes getting to the QB easier. Rushers who round their path are easier to block. The OT can just ride then wide and deep. Rushers that flatten out well are able to get by the blocker and then behind him. Those guys get to the QB more often.

Offseason outlook: Inside linebackers - Zach Berman, Inquirer
In the middle rounds, pay attention to Florida State’s Christian Jones. The former top recruit has excellent measurables and experience, and at 6-foot-4 and 235 pounds would give the Eagles a body type they do not have at that position. He played as an edge rusher at Florida State, too, so he’s scheme versatility. The same could be said about UCLA’s Jordan Zumwalt, who has similar size.

Josh Norris' Mock Draft - Rotoworld
12. Philadelphia Eagles (Trade via NYG) - Edge player Anthony Barr, UCLA
Chip Kelly obviously took notes during his time at Oregon. That up close exposure likely aided in selecting Zach Ertz last season and continued into his implementation and use. Barr is not as far along in his development as we all thought his summer, but he still has plenty of upfield and chase down speed. If he starts using his hands and length more effectively, he can make a large impact. For those wondering, there are a handful of examples that show teams are willing to trade with other clubs in their own division.

Counting Down the Eagles’ Needs: No. 5, Specialists - Andrew Kulp, The700Level
Behind safety, place kicker might be the most obvious and immediate area the Eagles are in need of an upgrade. Henery has not demonstrated reliable accuracy on his field goal attempts, nor does he possess the leg strength to kick for great distance. Henery blamed science for his inability to kick a 48-yard field goal anywhere remotely near the goal post, telling reporters, "The ball is not going to travel as far on a cold day." That’s true, but how does it explain the lack of oomph in his kicks in virtually every other situation?

What we learned about roster construction of the NFC - Chris Wesseling,
Philadelphia Eagles: Chip Kelly delved into free agency to find better fits for Billy Davis' 3-4 defense, but this roster was built through two key trades (Jason Peters, DeMeco Ryans) and the draft. The pivotal year was 2012, which featured a draft class of DT Fletcher Cox, LB Mychal Kendricks, QB Nick Foles and CB Brandon Boykin.

NFL Player's Off-Season: Swapping Cleats for Yoga Mats - Jen Murphy, WSJ
Brent Celek of the Philadelphia Eagles swaps field drills and wind sprints for yoga and Pure Barre.

NFL free agency 2014: Predicting the contracts of the top players on the markets - Jeff Gray, SBN NFL
NFL free agency is just around the corner, and some of the league's best players are readying themselves to cash in on major paydays. By examining recent contracts of players that were similar in age and production at the time of their signing, and with a hand from's contract forecast series, we've pieced together predictions for the deals of some of the top free agents at their respective position.

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